Claire Burkat is bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She gives this response to President Trump's tweet that transgendered people will no longer be allowed in the military:
"Most of the discussion since yesterday's tweet set off an avalanche of hate and discrimination against people we should be thanking for their service, is centered around the bogus issue of medical costs. But what about the cost to our national security when thousands of skilled transgender military personnel are forced to leave? The loss of multiple language skills, medical skills, intelligence skills, combat skills, mechanical skills, engineering skills, leadership skills and other skills so critical and classified we don't even know about them is incalculable!"
My response: "Avalanche of hate"? It sounds like she believes if you disagree with men who believe they are women serving in the military you are guilty of "hate." "Cost to our national security...incalculable?" Highly doubtful that not allowing transgendered people to shower and share close quarters with others is going to hurt America's readiness and soldiers' morale.
This is one more example of an ELCA bishop jumping on the gay/transgender bandwagon that is going through our culture. Instead, she should uphold the dignity of God's creation and teach that we humans do not have a right to tell God He made a mistake by assigning us our sex at birth.
And, yes, this is one more reason to leave the ELCA, which is more and more becoming the Extremely Liberal Church in America.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock